The next three weeks are huge for Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay defensive back K.J. Sails when it comes to his future.
Sails set a decision date for National Signing Day shortly after the new year and remains open to many schools.
“I just feel like it’s the right day,” Sails said. “It gives me enough time to look everything over. It lets me take my visits. … I’m looking for a family atmosphere. How comfortable am I with the coaching staff? The stability of the coaching staff [is important]. I want to make sure they’re good in my major of sports broadcasting. I want to be myself and do what I like to do.”
Sails, a former Iowa verbal commitment, has his next official visit planned for Jan. 15 to Cincinnati. Sails is close with the coaching staff and sees family ties with the Bearcats.
“My brother (Christian Angulo) is out there and he likes it,” Sails said. “I like the coaching staff too.”
Rutgers made its resurgence in the race for Sails after coach Chris Ash took over the program in December. Rutgers remains in contention for an official visit before National Signing Day.
“He’s a good recruiter and a good coach,” Sails said. “He’s very smart. I like what he does. I’m definitely interested in [Rutgers] because of him.”
Former Sails teammate Marques Ford transferred out of Rutgers last month but the defensive back has a friend set for January enrollment in Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips linebacker Jonathan Pollock.
“He’s a cool dude, good player,” Sails said. “He basically wants to get me up there with him, wants me on the same defense.”
Sails picked a National Signing Day decision shortly after his week in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.
“It was fun,” he said. “I got to go against a lot of top recruits and lock them down. I loved it. The whole game was fun, hanging out on the beach, practicing. I got to meet a lot of NFL guys and just learn and have fun.”null